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Archiving Volunteer

Organisation: BHT Advice Centre
Date: 12 May 2011

Activity:
The archiving project - one off piece of work (week or two) to assist our administration team with the destruction of old files and recording their destruction on our in house database. Accuracy and attention to detail is an essential requirement.
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Mentor

Organisation: Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile
Date: 10 May 2011

Activity:
Helped the volunteer fundraiser to understand more about raising funds from trusts and companies.
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It has been a very good experience. I got on very well with my mentee and felt that I helped her and her small charity in a practical way, to increase their funding. I also enjoyed meeting some of the young people the charity helped and was very moved by their stories.
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Group Leader

Organisation: Woodcraft Folk - Lancaster
Date: 4 May 2011

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I set up a new Woodcraft Folk group with some parents (i'm not a parent myself). I ran the first term's programme of group nights which took in playing cooperative games, making musical instruments from rubbish, going on walks, drama and discussion. It was a group for children age 6-9 and I managed to get parents helping out and children making decisions about what they wanted to be doing.
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Totally brilliant experience. I advertised the group just through related networks like transition towns and trade unions groups but loads of people turned up to get involved. The kids clearly enjoyed themselves and I think learned quite a bit too. Brilliant organisation.
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Assisting and Teaching Second Level Students for Irish

Organisation: North Side Learning Hub/Access Campus Roxboro Limerick Ireland
Date: 30 April 2011

Activity:
I encouraged and taught students to love the Irish Language over a period of 8 weeks .
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It was an excellent experience. Proving valuable teaching experience especially in Languages.
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Teaching in London schools

Organisation: Employability Forum
Date: 18 April 2011

Activity:
I thought for four classes (for more than 100 pupils) in two London schools on Refugees.
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I really enjoyed working as volunteer with the Employability Forum. This projected contributed a lot in developing my confidence especially being granted a refugee status in UK shortly. This also helped me to integrate with the school communities and the UK society as well. I really used my potential and teaching skill that I brought from my country and the skills I gained from the project. Looking at the feedback received from both the pupils and teachers after my teaching, I understood how much I changed their level of awareness about refugees and the causes to leave their beloved country. Indeed the project is a window of opportunity of change for both the refugees and UK schools.

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hospital shop & teabar

Organisation: WRVS
Date: 14 April 2011

Activity:
use till fill shelves, serving teas etc
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Am still enjoying one project very much now that I am working with someone that I know but have withdrawn from the other project as`I felt taken for granted and made to feel uncomfortable when i couldn't get in for a couple of times because of transport and family problems, even though I gave notice. Did not feel respected as an older person as one of the paid workers was older than me and pretty sarcastic with it. Shes retiring this year and about time...let the younger (30-40's) women have the jobs and the older ones volunteer.
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I am a member of the Thanet (Kent) Good Neighbours Scheme

Organisation: WRVS
Date: 14 April 2011

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I visit a 92 year old lady twice a week. She seldom gets visitors and feels very lonely so really looks forward to my visits.
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I thoroughly enjoy being a WRVS volunteer and fully support their aim of helping older people have a better quality of life. 'Positive about age - Practical about life' sounds pretty good to me! Whatever time you are able to give, it really does help make a difference in the life of an older person.
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Initially Meals on Wheels, and currently Lunch Club Helper

Organisation: WRVS
Date: 13 April 2011

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When I first began with WRVS it was as a driver for Meals on Wheels. Unfortunately our area no longer has the contract but I was lucky enough to be good friends with our local Lunch Club Organiser (whom I also partnered for MoW) and she suggested I join her Lunch Club team. I did, and I thouroughly enjoy every minute of it.
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I have been volunteering for WRVS for four years now and I absolutely love it. Everyone I have come into contact with has been so friendly and welcoming. I also feel very proud to be a part of such an established and important organisation.

I would highly recommend WRVS to anyone who wishes to volunteer and no matter the role, I can guarantee it will be a highly rewarding experience.
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walking

Organisation: RNID Scotland
Date: 12 April 2011

Activity:
just a test
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Appropriate Adult Volunteer

Organisation: Devon Appropriate Adult Volunteer Scheme
Date: 6 April 2011

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Have you ever wondered what the inside of police custody really looks like? This interesting and somewhat unusual volunteering opportunity will give you the opportunity to find out; involving you in the fascinating world of criminal justice.

Your role as an Appropriate Adult is to support and assist vulnerable persons aged from as young as 10yrs up to late seniors who find themselves in Police Custody. You will be part of an integral team needed for processing them whilst in custody that will include you sitting in on interviews, liaising at times with solicitors, doctors, nurses, police officers and custody staff.
Your role is to safeguard the rights, interests and welfare of the detained person whilst they are in custody.

The scheme runs 365 days per year operational from 9.00am until 10.00pm. A criminal record will not necessarily exclude you from the scheme. An enhanced CRB will be applied for with this voluntary post.

The next training not expected to commence before November 2011. This will be held in Exeter with lunch and travel expenses.
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